Monday, 21 November 2016

Hellebores and Figs

I really enjoyed painting this little study, it has many of the elements I never tire of painting; glass with all the distortions and reflections, the never ending challenge of trying to portray the delicacy of flowers, and fruit with the colours and textures they offer.  I have added the initial ebauche used to establish the composition for those of you who like to see something of the process.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Blue pitcher with clementines

I found this enamel pitcher on Ebay ... a great find that I couldn't wait to paint.  It did not hang around long and sold straight off the easel.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Citrus with apples and Carafe

 This pastel has made it through the pre-selection for the Pastel Society. Only time will tell if it manages the final hurdle. Fingers crossed.  Some photos of my process can be seen below....

Friday, 18 November 2016

Survivors

I called this painting 'Survivors' because these little beauties managed to push through and bloom on top of the rubbish heap in the front of our cottage during our two year re-build (after a fire). Isn't nature wonderful!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Old Dog

​I kept the title of this painting deliberately ambiguous.  Read into it what you may!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Crab and Lobster Stall

This small plein-air study was painted several months ago when the weather was somewhat warmer.
It depicts a crab and lobster stall at Wells next-to-sea, on the north Norfolk coast.  I am somewhat of a rookie with plein-air but this subject suited me because I enjoy painting figures. I am hoping to do a lot more of these studies, having organized my clothing and art materials to allow me to paint in all weathers, and locations.  It is going to be my new challenge for 2017.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Ray of Sunshine

This portait is a pastel of the Steve​ the skip driver (and drummer par excellence) who emptied and delivered skips for us after our house fire.  I approached him with a certain amount of trepidation; it was the tatoos and mohican that were the initial attraction but as soon as we spoke I could see his warmth. I hope I captured something of that.....